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Guihaia argyrata

Guilin Dwarf Palm

A recently-described, attractive small palm from southern China, where it grows on steep limestone hills in tiny crevices often on sheer rock faces. Unique in having induplicate (roof- as opposed to valley-shaped) leaf segments, with bright silver undersides, unsuspected when seen from above. Slow growing in the wild, but faster in cultivation with shade, good soil and an adequate supply of water. Eventually develops a small trunk. Adaptable and will grow in temperate to cool tropical areas, and will accept light frosts. Pronounce it 'Gwee-higher' by the way.

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...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I received about 20 seeds which soaked in warm water changed daily for 3 days.The seeds were placed in slightly moist peat in clear sandwich plastic box with tight lid.The box was kept at constant 32 d. C.. First seed germinated after about 3,5 months of sowing,other 3 seeds germinated after about 5-6 months. Be careful - the first root is very long (about 5 cm), so choose deep and narrow pots during potting up the seedlings. Rest seeds upon inspection after 7 months appeared rotted.All in all this is an erratic sprouter, subsequent seedling growth is very slow, prefer very well-drained soil and warm, sunny site.
Submitted on 24/11/2003 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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